For some time I’ve known my laptop needed replacing. Having bought a new machine I decided it would make sense to transfer the programs and files over the course of a few weeks. That way it would be easier to find any problems and correct them. Well that was the plan, until today when nothing went right with the old laptop. So when I finally took a break I grabbed the Back On Your Feet Stamp Set and made a fridge magnet that says it all, complete with messy background and frayed (nerve) ends.
When I began this project I was still thinking about the mess I was trying to sort out with my computers. It’s funny you don’t realise how much you use something until it’s not there. My first instinct was to reach for the new Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders. These are two separate embossing folders each designed to fit through the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. As their name suggests one has stripes (messy ones) and the other is a splatter design.
To create my background I found a piece of Just Jade Card, placed it inside the Splatter Embossing Folder and ran it through the machine. Then to make the design stand out even more I decided to add some Shaded Spruce ink using a Sponge Dauber. I had a feeling that no matter how careful I was I wouldn’t be able to avoid getting some ink in the lower parts of the pattern so I decided to embrace it. I added the ink over the raised surface of the embossed card which really made a difference.
Next I found an old fridge magnet that ironically was advertising a company that used to repair computers. After measuring the size of the magnet I trimmed the embossed card to match. Then using Tear & Tape Adhesive I mounted the card onto the magnet.
BACK ON YOUR FEET
To be honest I don’t think a stamp set exists that says what I was thinking but Back On You Feet had the next best thing. I took the “Hope things get better soon” sentiment and stamped it onto Thick Very Vanilla Card with Shaded Spruce ink. Then continuing with the messy theme I tore around the edges of the sentiment. Finally I made the rough edges stand out by adding a little Shaded Spruce ink using the Sponge Dauber.
Have you ever heard the phrase “getting to the end of my tether”? Well that’s what I was thinking as I picked up the Simply Elegant Trim Pack. I chose the silver cord and cut a 12″ piece. Then I created loops with the cord and fixed them to the back of the sentiment with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
With the cord in place I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and fixed it to the magnet. Finally I frayed the ends of the cord to match my nerves and my project was done.
Creating this tongue-in-cheek project was a nice interlude, but sadly sorting out the mess that is my computer will take longer to achieve. Hopefully it will be worth it in the end.
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